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a woman accusing the supreme court nominee of sexual assault now has more time to decide if she wants to testify before lawmakers. we have the story for you. of courses say fbi memos show the u.s. deputy attorney general discussed secretly recording the u.s. president. what rod rosenstein is saying about this stunning report. and british prime minister demanding respect. r-e-s-p-e-c-t. theresa may's criticism from you european leaders over brexit. >> that is all ahead this hour.
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i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm george howell. "newsroom" starts right now. we are following two stories in u.s. politics right now. one of thof them deputy attorne general of the united states rod rosenstein reportedly discussing secretly taping president trump and questioning his fitness for office. >> it is a big story. a lot of people talking about that for sure. the our story we're following involves the president's nominee for the u.s. supreme court. and the woman accusing him of sexual assault, this when they were teenagers. christine blasey ford now has a little more time to decide if she will appear before a senate committee after chuck grassley extended the deadline. >> republicans had given her until 10:00 p.m. friday washington time saying if she did not let them know by then whether she would testify on wednesday, they would vote on monday to confirm brett
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kavanaugh to the high court. ford's attorney fired off a letter friday night calling that deadline arbitrary and asking for another day to decide. shortly after that, committee chairman chuck grassley relented. >> and at a campaign rally in the state of missouri friday night, the president of the united states donald trump made it clear where he stands on the matter. let's listen. >> brett kavanaugh, fantastic man. he was born for the u.s. supreme court. he was born for it. and it is going to happen. we have to fight for him. not worry about the other side. and by the way, women are for that more than anybody would understand. >> the president also making some comments on twitter. jim acosta picks it up from here. >> reporter: it was only a matter of time. after day of holding back on christine blasey ford, president
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trump returned to attack dog form on twitter saying, i have who doubt that if the attack on dr. ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local law enforcement authorities by either her or her loving pt parents. i ask her to bring those filings forward so we can learn date, time, place, the language questioning just moments right after kellyanne conway was preaching restraint. >> there is no reason to attack her. no reason. let her tell her story. there is no reason to attack her. the president is defending his nominee to the united states supreme court as a man of character, integrity. >> reporter: the president's tweet should come as no surprise. he was already sending signals. >> why didn't somebody call the fbi 36 years ago? you could also say when did this all happen, what is going on. to take a man like this and --
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with that being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out. >> reporter: senator susan collins, a critical on kavanaugh who has urged ford to testify blasted the president's tweet. >> i thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong. >> reporter: the president's verbal attack threatens to inject more poison into what is already a toxic process, all from a men who has fended off allegations of sexual assault for years. they make it all too clear he is not backing away from his supreme court pick. >> brett kavanaugh is one of the finest human beings you will ever have the privilege of knowing or meeting. >> reporter: top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell, declared to an audience of conservative activists that kavanaugh will be confirmed even though ford has yet to testify. >> you've watched the fight. you've watched the tactics.
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but here is what i want to tell you. in the very near future, judge kavanaugh will be on the united states supreme court. >> reporter: and there are other concerns up on capitol hill as to how the president's tweets will affect the nomination process. in the words of one republican senate staffer, the president's tweet about christine blasey ford was, quote, not helpful. jim acosta, cnn, the white house. steven erlanger joining us now, chief diplomatic correspondent in europe for the "new york times." he is joining us via a skype. also a pleasure to have you. we continue to follow the negotiations of whether this testimony will happen at all. the proposal that establishes that no witnesses will be allowed to be part of it and that kavanaugh the defense will speak first. is this shaping up to be a fair hearing for ford? >> well, a hearing is a hearing.
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i mean, the fairness would be in terms of how she is questioned. she is obviously testifying publicly as far as i k tcan tel which makes it much more nervous-making for someone who is not used to performing. it is not closed doors. i hope that she will testify -- i realize she is anxious about it. this is a long timing a e ago as was a traumatic experience that she underwent. kavanaugh denies it, but the president is clearly putting his thumb on the scales after having been urged by his aides to show restraint, to respect the testimony of an important, you know, professional woman in a "me too" period. the president decided to plunge ahead. he sees it as very much partisan. and he is using to engage his base. he likes being inappropriate.
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i mean, he likes being insensitive. that is what his base seems also to like. and, you know, the republicans control the senate. i suspect mitch mcconnell is right, that unless something else comes out, something provable, that brett kavanaugh will become a supreme court justice for many decades to come. but it is a serious, very he divisive moment both in american democratic partisanship terms, buttal in this new world sexual politics and the sense rightly that women have that their adolescent experiences, their being pushed around, has been going on for far too long and there iss is a patriotky that h
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them down. >> and the other he question et optics. you touched on this. and jim acosta touched on it. let's go through this. because the president's tweet, that has caused some waves where he stated this, if the attack was as bad as she says, the charges would have been filed immediately with local law enforcement. as bad as she says. okay. essentially asking why blasey ford didn't report the allegations sooner. it is worth pointing out here there are clear reasons. there is demonstrable research, there are clear examples of why many women choose not to file reports with authorities. the republican senator susan collins said that she was appalled by that tweet, a key vote for kavanaugh's confirmation. and then there was this from mitch mcconnell. listen for yourself. >> in the very near future, judge kavanaugh will be on the
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united states supreme court. so my friends, keep the faith. don't get rattled by all of this. we're going to plow right through it and do our job. >> mcconnell saying we'll plow right through it. the question here, the optics. with regards to women, the republican party of course looking ahead to the midterm elections. >> well, that is exactly right. plowing right through the remembered agony of a 15-year-old girl is not a very attractive optic i would have to say. but the politics of it will rule. 15-year-old girls don't go to their parents ush s usually. they certainly don't go to the police or as trump suggested the fbi. this is absurd. and as far as even her memory goes, this was not a rape, this was not penetration, this was,
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you know, two drunk kids abusing her. and this changed her life she said for many year. senators will have to decide whether this disqualifies this particular man, brett kavanaugh, from sitting on the court which is supposed to be the moral touch stone and legal touch stone of the american constitution and to protect our rights. that is a very difficult challenge that the senate has, but it is a very high standard. it is higher than most qualifications for even government jobs. so we'll have to see. i suspect mitch mcconnell is right, the republicans have the votes. but it is very divisive and it is simply going to underline again the sharp divisions, increasingly loud and boisterous, between this white
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house and its opposition. >> the president as you point out believes that he does have the votes with the senate. pressure on at least three senators. we'll have to see of course whether the testimony happens at all next steven erlanger, thank you for your perspective. we turn now to a stunning report about the u.s. deputy attorney general. sources say memos show that rod rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to record conversations with the u.s. president and recruiting cabinet members to remove him from office. rosenstein however denies it all. >> in the meantime the "washington post" reports that president trump sought advice on whether or not to fire rosenstein, but some urged him not to make any decisions right away. at a rally, president trump didn't publicly criticize rosenstein or the report, but he did have harsh words about the
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justice department and the fbi. >> just look at what is now being exposed in our department of justice and the fbi. look at what is going on. look at what is going on. and i want to tell you, we have great people in the department of justice. great people. i really believe, you take a poll, i got to be at 95%. but you have some real bad ones. you've seen what has happenedato the fbi. they are all gone. they are all gone. they are all gone. but there is a lingering stench and we'll get rid of that too. >> and sara murray has more on the political firestorm surrounding rod rosenstein. >> reporter: he floated the idea of wearing a wire to secretly record president trump last year
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according to sources familiar with the situation. the second most powerful person at the justice department also reportedly discussed with doj officials recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment to remove trump from office for being unfit in the days following fbi director james comey's firing. rosenstein he vehemently denying the claims saying in a statement, the "new york times" story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. i will not further comment on a story based on nochl souranonyms who are obviously biased against the department. adding, let me be clear about this, based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th amendment. one source who was in the room says rosenstein was being sarcastic when he discussed the wire comment, but others told the "new york times" which first broke the bombshell story that rosenstein was serious and even raised the idea of others wearing a wire. the "times" report relies in
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part on memos written by former fbi director andrew mccabe. he was fired earlier this year. a justice official tells cnn they are skeptical of mccabe's description of eventing suggesting mccabe has credit d credibility issues. but another source close to the situation believes mccabe had no incentive to lie while taking the contemporaneous notes. today through his attorney he denied any knowledge of how the "times" got its hands on the memos saying when he was interviewed more than a year ago, he gave all of his memos, classified and unclassified, to the special counsel's office. a set of those mem he knowos ret the fbi. he has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos. rosenstein took charge of the
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russia investigation after jeff sessions recused himself. just yesterday, he went to the white house to discuss declassifying certain documents and texts related to the russia probe. as for president trump's call to declassify so many of those documents and text messages related to the russia investigation, he now appears to be backing off from that. he put out a tweet on friday where he said that he would leave it up to the department of justice's inspector general. sara murray, cnn, washington. and the memos say rosenstein discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment to remove president trump from office, that amendment was written to address physical incapacity, but it can apply if the president is simply deemed unfit. to invoke the 25th amendment, the vice president and a majority of the cabinet would have to dlash to congress that the president is unfit to lead. if the president then objects and congress must vote. if two-thirds of both houses, the senate and at house, agree that the president can't lead,
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the vp immediately assumes the office of president. and let's bring in our legal analyst and civil rights taurn a r reattorney re -- attorney areva martin for more on this. rosenstein issued this statement, he said i never pursued or authorized recording the president and any suggestion that i have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false. this was reported by the "new york times" and they say that they worked on this story for months. what do you think about that denial. is he hedging or is that an outright denial? >> clearly not an outright denial. he is parsing his words. what he doesn't say is that he didn't say it. he just says that he didn't pursue it or authorize it. so it remains to be seen if he did make the statements. >> so where does that leave it
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as far as the war with the white house and the justice department? this kind of plays into that deep state conspiracy we have heard alleged by the president. >> it does. and rod rosenstein serves at the pleasure of the president. so the president as we know has been talking for months about firing jeff sessions and being unhappy with the job that rod rosenstein is doing. so if the president ever wanted a reason or justification, he surely has one tonight with respect to rod rosenstein and this blockbuster report. >> right, because he has always said he just said to more of his supporters on friday that this goes to show that the justice department is not on his side, which he has always wanted. rosenstein however is a veteran in these circle, he has hung in there for a good while. do you expect that he will now? >> well, you know it is
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interesting because sean hannity, and we know the president listens to sean hannity, sean hannity on his program friday night basically said to the president don't fall for this, this is a plot to get you to fire rod rosenstein and you shouldn't do it. so going to be interesting to see if the president follows the advice. we know sean hannity is official/unofficial adviser. he goes on fox news and pretty much gives the president, you know, advice, political advice. so it remains to be seen. we know that this president is deeply troubled by his department of justice. so this just may be, you know, the straw that breaks the camel's back. >> and if it does, could that shut down the mueller investigation? i mean, if rosenstein falls, where does that leave the investigation? >> it leaves it in limbo. and the question will be will the president try to replace him with someone who will side with the president and take the position that the special counsel investigation isn't needed and that it should be
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shut down. we know gop asenator, congressmen, have said that that would be a line too far and if the president crosses that line, that the congress would have to take action. so these are really difficult times i think that we're experiencing. and for some, this may have gotten us very close to the friday night massacre. >> president trump did make a slap at the fbi, but he didn't bring up rosenstein by name. so what do you make of that? the president certainly is no fan of rosenstein. the question is, will this fade away. >> i think what he is doing is he is circumstance lick tis cir trying to to decide should he move forward with terminating rod rosenstein. what about the midterm elections, what about the fact that special counsel mueller has farmed out some of this investigation to other department of justices like the southern strict district of new.
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so maybe getting rid of rosenstein and even the mueller investigation being shut down won't, you know, allow the president to be free of any legal jeopardy. i think mueller has made a pretty brilliant play by getting other offices of the justice department involved. so trump may still face a great deal of legal je jep opardy. >> areva martin, we appreciate your insights. thank you. the question of standing up to the eu, you how the british prime minister is being perceived in the uk, the latest brexit summit coming up. frsz
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. this saturday in tanzania, it is the first of three days of national mourning for the ferry disaster. at least 127 people died when an overcrowded boat capsized in lake victoria on thursday. >> officials estimate some 400 people were packed on to the investigational which only had capacity for 100. rescue workers combed the lake for two days searching for survivors. 80 people were rescued, but now operations are focused on recovery. the eu is offering an olive
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branch after a testy superintende summit on brexit with theresa may. this is after european leaders rejected miss may's latest brexit proposal. miss may is warning that talks are at an impasse and says that if the eu keeps refusing her ideas, it needs to come up with some of its own. >> as i told eu leader, neither side should demand the unacceptable of the other. we cannot accept anything that threatens the integrity of our union just as they cannot accept anything that threatens the integrity of theirs. we cannot accept anything that does not respect the result of the referendum. just as they cannot accept anything that is not in the interests of their citizens. throughout this process, i have treated the eu with nothing but
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respect. the uk expects the same. a good relationship at the end of this process depends on it. >> let's cross live to the london bureau, anna stewart is on the story. the prime minister speaking there at number 10 following a rough time there in austria. some say that she showed backbone, she saved face domestically, but given this impasse and the eu with so much leverage here, where do things go? >> reporter: as you said, it's been a difficult few days for theresa may and potentially could get worse. on monday the telegraph newspaper her here is reporting a cabinet meeting could potentially be a big showdown for the prime minister potentially with some ministers even resigning. and that is because some would likeler to come up with an alternative to her deal which was rejected of course by the eu. and what we had yesterday is her saying that it was up to the eu to come up with a compromise.
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effectively lobbing the ball back in their court. so having said that and having before the summit saying it was her deal or no deal, it would be quite difficult for her to climb down at this stage politically, but she does face potentially a rebellion from within the cabinet and she can't afford t be losing more ministers. >> her deal or no deal, i want to key in on that. given how divided the uk is on this issue, many people still ask is there is a sense there could be a leadership challenge and could there be reconsideration about brexit especially with the deadline to reach a deal next year looming? >> there was a lot of hope before the summit and i'd say more positivity, but i think speculation is back to will there be any leadership challenge in the weeks to come. if ministers do resign on monday and the cabinet meeting ends with that, that will fuel more speculation towards this.
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what is needed for that to happen of course is 48 tory mps to trigger a vote. there has already been a meeting 50 to talk about her leadership, but it would take 158 mps to actually remove her from her position. she would of course fight it and they would need that many votes. so we're not sure whether the numbers are there, but it will depend on what theresa may says and does in the coming days to see whether that momentum will shift. >> it is interesting to watch. the question is whethill we be talking about brexit well beyond the deadline of next year. >> reporter: i hope not. >> we might. we might. anna stewart, thank you so much for your time and reporting. the u.s. secretary of state has a stark warning for iran. a proxy war is still a war and we will fight back. we'll have that story ahead.
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plus -- >> only one of us has been to each county in texas and would have an idea of what texas values and interests are. >>values there in my home state. it was a testy debate between the two candidates for senate. very super tight race. we'll have the story.
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welcome back to our viewers. you are watching "cnn newsroom." >> the headlines we're following for you this hour -- a woman who accuses the u.s. supreme koicou
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brett kavanaugh of sexual assault has more time to decide whether she will tell her story to the senate. chuck grassley granted her an extension. and a stunning report about the deu.s. deputy attorne general. sources say that he discussed wearing a wire to record conversations with the u.s. president and recruiting cabinet members to remove him from office. rosenstein denies it all. and iranian media reporting that ten were killed when a gunman opened fire on a military parade. the attackers were disguised as revolutionary guards. two were arrested, two gunned down. and taking you live now to lithuania where pope francis is just arriving as you can see. this is his first stop on his four day tour of the baltics. he left rome saturday morning,
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he will also visit latvia and as tone i can't. the vatican news agency says that the pope is encouraging people in the baltics to work to build a better society. cnn vatican correspondent delia a gallagher is traveling with the pope and she joins us by phone. why is he traveling to the baltics now? >> reporter: it has been 25 years since the pope at the time came here. and it was shortly after their independence. it was a different pope of course. and now francis is coming on the day that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the independence from the soviet union.
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certainly also fostered under the nazi regime, so to have the pope here is a significant moment also in terms of politics. of course the vatican is encouraging these countries now a member of nato and the european union, but at the same time sensitive as well to russia particularly to the russian orthodox church which the vatican and the pope have always wanted to maintain good relationships with. so one of of the interesting things about this visit is that lithuania, about 80% of them are catholic, and latvia is a majority lutheran country. and in estonia, they claim mostly that they are
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nonbelieve nonbelievers. but this pope is the one that is really celebrating because they are the majority catholic country here. and one of the interesting things that the pope will be doing on sunday is visiting the monument in the jewish ghetto where there was the jewish genocide this world war ii and also a former building where cath priests and other members were interrogated, tortured and killed under the soviet regime. so there will be poignant moments during this four day tr trip. >> and you will be covering it for us. delia gallagher there traveling with the pope. and imposing tariffs on
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chinese goods, and by jink is n beijing is not taking it light link. >> the "washington post" reports that they have canceled upcoming talks with u.s. officials. but that is not phasing president trump. he talked about it at a rally in the state of missouri. >> so we charged 25% on $50 billion worth of merchandise coming in about that a coming in. and they said we'll do the same thing. and i said that is okay, we have more bullets. we'll go $200 billion at 25%. >> mr. trump isn't shy about his feelings for iran either. he has withdrawn the u.s. from the iran deal and reimposed sanctions on exports. >> on friday mr. trump told the crowd that those policies are working. >> you know, when i took over and before i took over,
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everybody said iran will take over the entire middle east. now iran wants to survive. okay? but you noe wknow what, frankly the respect that we deserve. and elise labott spoke with the secretary of state about the instability. >> we have told the islamic republic of iran that using force to attack american interests will -- will e will n
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let iran get away with using a proxy force to attack american interests. iran will be held accountable. >> even militarily? >> if they are responsible for the arming and training of these militias, we will go to the source. >> reporter: pocmpeo doubled don on his attacks of john kerry. >> he always refused to treat our enemies like enemies. >> reporter: pompeo saysnegotia but he says that it things on
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the bond between kim jung-un and the president. >> is the president allowing kim jung-un to set the pace and scope knowing that he made these commitments and trust that he will make that decision ultimately? >> the pace would be uneven, but the progress each and every day was important. we think that we're getting that. remember sanctions remain in place. the world sanctions, not american sanctions. the u.n. security council resolutions demand chairman kim make this decision to denuclearize. and that enforcement will continue until such time as that occurs. >> reporter: in his book "fear," bob woodward details measures taken by aides to curb what they say is trump's dangerous impu e impulses. >> it describes a cabinet moving things around to save the country from the president's national security. have you seen that, and do you
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do that? >> i find that absolutely ludicrous. be careful, there aren't many members of the president's cabinet who has spend as much time as i do. i see and talk to him every day. this is a president who is fully informed, well briefed, listens, asks hard questions and is leading his foreign policy team toward solving so many problems that playing this world. i wish the previous administration had acted with such diligence and power, but it was left to us. we'll get it right. >> and iran will be a major focus next week at the you united nations with teaches by secretary pompeo and national security adviser on the threat posed by iran. and pompeo will also meet with members of the iranian opposition, august part of an administration wide effort to rally the world to counter iran. elise labott, cnn, washington. and we've been talking about the midterm elections for ten
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years. and they are just a few weeks away. political races are heating up and the republican stronghold of texas, the senate race has become surprisingly competitive with incumbent ted cruz up against the democrat beto o'rourke. >> the two faced off in a contentious debate. they highlighted their differences on several topics including immigration, guns, standing for the national anthem and of course the u.s. president was an issue. listen. >> i've got a responsibility which is to fight for every person here and every person in this state. and so i have worked hand-in-hand with the president on substance. and we have delivered remarkable victories. >> if the president attacks you personally, your wife, your father, how you respond is your business. but when the president attacks our institutions, this country, allows a foreign power to invade our democracy, that is our business. we need a u.s. senator who will
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stand up to this president. >> and this was interesting. at the end of that debate, it was interesting to see that the moderators attempted to get the candidates to say something nice about one another. there were some hits and a back handed compliment. >> we may have differences of opinions on what our destination might be and how we'll get there, but i have no question that senator cruz wants to do the best for america and he does so at great sacrifice to his family and to his kids. and so i thank you for your public service. >> i think that you are absolutely sincere like bernie that you believe in expanding government and higher taxes. and i commend you for fighting for what you believe in. as uyou noted, we disagree on te outcome, but you are fight fogts principles you believe in and i respect that. >> true to form. >> true to form right there at the end. what does that mean for voters who saw the difference between these candidates. >> they were trying to make
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at least 44 people have died in the aftermath of hurricane florence. the storm may have passed through the carolinas a week ago, but an unheard of amount of water is still coming. george, you were there and you saw it firsthand. >> and it is so unfortunate, so many homes flooded. streets turned into rivers and freeways in to waterways. in south carolina, 23 out of the 46 counties could be impacted by this flooding. nick valencia was there and filed this report. >> reporter: the water here in conway is slowly seeping back into the very same communities that were already hard hit after hurricane florence made landfall.
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in fact the same communities that president trump visited earlier in the week, well, it is under water again. officials said at its peak the water was rising at about 3 inches per hour. they said in one area they measured it had gone up more than a foot. what they are concerned about is the bawhack cam river. and the biggest concern, a coal ash pond, they brought in an inflatable dam to shore it up to make sure that none of the con damage nant con damage nants get into the water, but they are expecting a messy few days. and we did a story on a family there that they basically drilled the door shut to keep the water out from coming in. and i've been in touch with them, it turns out that they rode the storm out and went to sleep, woke up two hours later, the water was up to their knees. their home flooded out.
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that is in north carolina. and in south carolina, it is so bad. >> and you are from conway. >> i lived in myrtle beach, went to school at columbia. i know this area so well. i still know people who live there. people were saying how bad is it going to be? it looks pretty bad. and we have some pictures coming out of nichols, south carolina. if you were to drive about an hour and 15 minutes or so to the northwest of myrtle beach, south care karks th carolina, you would run into nichols. nichols is essentially under water. they were saying that about 40% of people had insurance, flood insurance for their homes. that was two years ago with matthew. they are saying this year about 60% of the people that live in that small town have flood insurance. it has been devastating. they have been trying to get supplies into this area to help these people, but the roads are impassable.
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portions of the roads have just completely washed away. well, let's move to a story of a different nature. and this in canada. now typically when you think about tornadoes, you think about the united states. we have the most tornadoes of any country in the world. not the only country, but definitely far good seeds other countries. well, take a look at this tornado activity in ottawa, canada. there are at least 15 people with reported injuries, lots of damage, power outages, lots of deef instruction repo destruction reported here. and then take a look at this video out of british columbia. they were battling a fire here. the fire swept up, a fire tornado swept up the firefighter's hose and melted it. it was stunning to see this. no firefighters were injured, but you nonetheless you can see how powerful mother nature can
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an unusual work of art is drawing global attention and not
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just for its size. >> it is because the artist aims to send a message of hope to migrants, people willing to risk their lives for a chance at something better in europe. amara walker has this report. >> reporter: a creation in grass symbolizing generations to come. a child serves to remind the world of a high gramigrant cris. >> translator: it represents a little girl who throws an origami boat as a message of hope. the girl is called future, just in representation of the generations who arrive. >> reporter: this french artist air brushed the fwogiant work o art with biodegradable paints covering 5,000 square meter, it shupts t supports the cause of an organization specializing in the rescue of high gramigrants at s. >> translator: it is because it
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is poetic that we decided to commit to the project rather than putting more violence things, this makes it more approachable, to evoke the reality of migration in the mediterranean at the moment. >> reporter: and that reality is grim. a refugee agency report estimates that just this year, more than 1600 people have died or gone missing trying to reach europe. they hope this image humanizes the migrants making the journey. >> translator: this piece also says that migration is not just numbers and statistics. behind it there are faces, human beings, men, women and children. >> reporter: future is one of the artists many, and elsewhere he has dotted countrysides with large scale masterpieces. all of them best viewed from above. amara walker, cnn. >> that is creative. >> beautiful. our top stories are just ahead. thanks for watching this hour.
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